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On who climbed mount Everest first

Hillary and Tenzing climbed mount Everest as ordinary men but returned as heroes! Their lives would never be again after summiting the highest mountain!

At 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest; the highest point on earth. News of their achievement broke around the world on June 2, the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and Britons hailed it as a good omen for their country’s future.

They climbed that summit as ordinary men but returned as heroes! Their lives would never be again!

Yet who was the first one to set foot on the summit? And so for a long time rumours swirled around some claimed that Hillary was the first others were on Tenzings  side!

Mountaineers know that when tied with a rope you are becoming one body but nevertheless people interested in this subject want to know “de facto” who stepped on the summit first!

In his book “View From the Summit” Sir Edmund Hillary writes: “We drew closer together as Tenzing brought in the slack on the rope. I continued cutting a line of steps upwards. Next moment I had moved onto a flattish exposed area of snow with nothing but space in every direction. Tenzing quickly joined me and we looked around in wonder. To our immense satisfaction, we realized we had reached the top of the world!

In his autobiography “Tiger of the Snows” here is how Tenzing describes their final assault!

“A little below the summit Hillary and I stopped. We looked up. Then we went on. The rope that joined us was thirty feet long, but I held most of it in loops in my hand, so that there was only about six feet between us. I was not thinking of “first” and “second.” I did not say to myself, “There is a golden apple up there. I will push Hillary aside and run for it.” We went on slowly, steadily. And then we were there. Hillary stepped on top first. And I stepped up after him.

So there it is: the answer to the “great mystery.” And if, after all the talk and argument, the answer seems quiet and simple, I can only say that that is as it should be. Many of my own people, I now, will be disappointed at it. They have given a great and false importance to the idea that it must be I who was “first.” These people have been good and wonderful to me, and I owe them much. But I owe more to Everest – and to the truth. If it is a discredit to me that I was a step behind Hillary, then I must live with that discredit. But I do not think it was that. Nor do I think that , in the end, it will bring discredit on me that I tell the story. Over and over again I have asked myself, “What will future generations think of us if we allow the facts of our achievement to stay shrouded in mystery? Will they not feel ashamed of us – two comrades in life and death – who have something to hide from the world?” And each time I asked it the answer was the same: “Only the truth is good enough for the future. Only the truth is good enough for Everest.” Now the truth is told. And I am ready to be judged by it.

We stepped up. We were there. The dream had come true. … ”



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